The Best Makeup for Fair Skin, According to Our EditorsJuly 22, 2021
If you have fair skin, you’re probably familiar with foundations that are labeled “porcelain” and still end up looking orange, or blushes that look clownish, rather than delivering a natural flush. One way to find more flattering makeup is to determine your skin’s undertone, whether it's cool, warm or neutral. From there, it’s all about finding buildable formulas that will add a pop of color to your pale skin, rather than overpower it. Keep reading for our editors’ favorite makeup products for fair skin, from flattering bronzer to the perfect neutral eyeshadows.
To avoid looking orange or pink, it’s key to look for a foundation that offers light shades with a variety of undertones. The Luminous Silk Foundation comes in cool, neutral and warm undertones and is even available in a mini bottle so you can test-drive the formula before committing to the full-size product. The coverage is medium-buildable with a luminous finish.
Drench your lips in shine with this hyaluronic-infused plumping gloss. All the shades are sheer enough to flatter any skin tone, but Mauve Glow is the perfect my-lips-but-better color for fair skin tones. Bonus: these glosses smell like candy.
The wrong blush can take you from natural-looking to painted on in a matter of seconds. The solution? Pick up this gel-cream formula that blends out into a super sheer tint. Start slow with a small dab of product, then gradually add more for a brighter color payoff.
Want to add some warmth to your complexion without looking orange? This compact has a gradient of shades so you can customize the intensity of your bronze, from a subtle glow to a sun-kissed tan.
This palette is full of flattering neutrals and pops of gold to elevate your everyday eyeshadow look. A variety of browns makes blending your neutral smoky eye a breeze, and the highlight shade, Flyby, is pale enough to pop on fair skin.
Get a beaming glow with this pearly pink highlighter stick. The cream formula makes it easy to tap in and blend with your fingertips or a sponge for a diffused, lit-from-within sheen.